Time is running out for the once in a lifetime opportunity to have the name of your choice permanently displayed in the new Museum of Making.

The new Museum of Making is opening in Derby on Saturday 19th September 2020 and, ahead of that, Derby Museums is offering people and organisations the once in a lifetime opportunity: to make their mark on the new Museum of Making by having their name, or the name of a loved one, permanently displayed in the museum’s entrance hall.

Mark Your Mark plaques are available to support with donations from £250 with the proceeds helping to secure the future of Derby Museums for generations to come. The deadline for being part of the scheme is 31 March 2020 to allow time for all the names to be permanently etched into plaques before the Museum opens in September. Each donation made will be doubled with match funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, meaning that a donation of £250 including gift aid becomes £625 and a gift of £500 becomes £1250, at no extra cost to the donor.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums said: “Make Your Mark is an ideal way to remember a loved one, celebrate a special occasion or simply show your or your company’s support for Derby Museums. Donations will be doubled by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will help build our £1m endowment, securing the future of Derby Museums for everyone to enjoy”

The museum’s unique Make Your Mark plaques are available to buy as gifts now. Visit http://bit.ly/DM-MYM to find out more.

With this match funding opportunity and the end of the tax year approaching there is also no better time to consider making a donation to Derby Museums. A donation of £1000 to Derby Museum’s Endowment has a net cost to a higher rate taxpayer of only £750 and with the addition of gift aid and the match funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund generates a fantastic £2500 donation to Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, making a real difference and securing the future of our heritage for generations to come.

The Museum of Making has been designed to inspire those who visit with new creativity, while showcasing Derby’s 300-year history of making and celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation. The museum is located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stands on the site of the world’s first factory, the Derby Silk Mill.

The Museum of Making is being developed by Derby Museums, an independent charitable trust that manages two other museums in the city – the Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House. This £17m project is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a range of trusts and foundations.

Follow the project’s progress on Twitter @MuseumofMaking or via the museum’s Tumblr blog at: https://derbysilkmill.tumblr.com.